Friday, 22 April 2011

Top 10 Resources for Sports Management Students

You are a Sports Management student. You picked out the best school and you have been studying hard to work toward your graduation day.  But when the day comes when you are thrust in the real world, will you have the tools you need to make it in the sports industry?  How well do you know the industry?  Who do you know in the industry?  Who knows you?  What type of experience do you have?  The following is a list of the top 10 resources that every sports management student should utilize to help answer these important questions and launch a career in sports.

1. Sports Business Journal
Largely considered “the Bible of sports business,” Sports Business Journal is a must read for anyone in the sports industry, and anyone looking to break into the sports industry.  The Sports Business Journal covers all areas of sports, from Marketing and Sponsorship to Media, from Labor and Agents to Facilities.  Regardless of your area of interest, you’ll have all the latest industry information at your fingertips.  While this is not a free resource, Sports Business Journal does offer generous student discounts.

2. North American Society for Sports Management
The North American Society for Sports Management is a membership organization designed to support professionals in the sports industry. According to its website, “The purpose of the North American Society for Sport Management is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study, research, scholarly writing, and professional development in the area of sport management – both theoretical and applied aspects.”  Membership in NASSM is open to current sports professionals and sports management students.  As a member you will receive benefits such as discounted NASSM Conference fees, subscription to the Journal of Sports Management, and a yearly issue of Sports Management Education Journal.

3. Journal of Sports Management
As part of your membership in NASSM, you will receive bi-monthly issues of the Journal of Sports Management.  The Journal features scholarly writings and research in many areas sport, including marketing, sponsorship, sport tourism, consumer behavior and organizational theory.  This is a very valuable resource for any student to keep abreast of developments in the field of sports management.

4. Work In Sports is “The #1 job board in the sports industry.”  With over 5800 employers, 2600 sports jobs, and 550 internships currently listed, can help you find the perfect internship to gain experience and build your resume.  It should also be your number one resource for finding your dream job after graduation.

5. Sports Executive Association
Created by Lewis Howes, the Sports Executives Association is new place online for sports executives from around to world to gather and share ideas and build their networks and businesses.  It is also a great place to students to get in on the action by interacting with top executives, learning about the industry, building a network that will help lead to amazing opportunities after graduation.

6. Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference
As one the leading sports conferences, the Sports Industry Networking Conference is an annual event that features some the top executives in the sports industry.  The conference regularly invites students and recent graduates to the event to meet the biggest names in sports and help build strong networks.  Students have the opportunity to hear keynote speeches and participate in panel and roundtable discussions.

For any students interested in working in collegiate athletics, is a must-visit site.  The Job board features job listings from all NCAA member schools, along with a search function that allows you to refine your search to find exactly the job you want.  Students also have the ability to post their resume to allow schools search and find the perfect candidate…You!

8. is much more than just another job board.  While they feature thousands of sports jobs, also brings you valuable content aimed at helping you develop your sports career.

9. Teamwork Online
Teamwork Online is another sports job board, but with an added, unique twist.  Teamwork Online has what they call “Call an Audible,” which provides job seekers with an audio job description directly from the person doing the hiring.  They also have multiple search features that allow a job seeker to sort jobs by location, job type, and sport.

10. The Business of Sports
The Business of Sports is an industry specific blog that features tons of content to help any student up to date with the sports industry.  Whether your interest is sports marketing, advertising, ticket sales, or social media, The Business of Sports will keep you in the loop.

by Paul Thompson @